'Harold Loves Maude' Celebrates Cult Classic Via Art and Charity

click to enlarge Domenico Scalisi (Italy), "Nobu Happy Spooky"
Domenico Scalisi (Italy), "Nobu Happy Spooky"
Harold and Maude is one of the most beloved cult films of all time. It stars Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon, with an unforgettable soundtrack by Cat Stevens. In honor of the film, the Good Goat Gallery has invited local, national and international artists to create artwork inspired by the film. Harold Loves Maude opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday, May 13.

“This has been a special movie to me since I was a little girl,” says Good Goat Gallery owner Nancy Cintron. “It is incredibly odd filled with wisdom and life lessons. 'Harold, it's alright to make an ass out of yourself,' 'Don't let the world judge you too much.' Maude, an eccentric creative and activist (played by Ruth Gordon) is turning 80 years old. She is close to death, yet she is full of life. Maude is my ultimate role model.”

She continues: “Harold, played by Bud Cort, is a young 20 year-old introvert that takes pleasure in attending random funerals. His depressive life is morbid, full of death and dying with his theatrical suicides and solitude. Harold and Maude find common ground in going to strangers' funerals. That is where Maude uses the best pick up line to hook up with Harold. ‘Tsss tsss. Like some licorice?’ He said, ‘No thank you,’ but that opened the door to a special relationship. Maude changed Harold and brought him back to life. ‘Try something new every day. After all we're given life to find it out.’”

More than a dozen artists from Cleveland, New Mexico, England, France and Italy are participating.

“Even if you haven't seen the film, you will appreciate the art, but I highly recommend for everyone to watch and listen,” says Cintron. “People can learn important life lessons. ‘Live, live, live or you've got nothing to talk about in the locker room.’”

In addition to the cinematography, characters and stories, one of the film’s most important components is Cat Stevens’ phenomenal soundtrack. On opening night, the gallery will host a silent art auction and raffle to benefit Stevens’ charity, Small Kindness. One wall of the gallery is specifically dedicated to Cat Stevens’ soundtrack and its contribution to the film.

"Two of the songs were created especially for the film — 'If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out,' which was Maude's song and 'Don't Be Shy for Harold,'" Cintron says. "Cat Stevens is a philanthropist and peace activist. He has a charity called Small Kindness that helps children who suffer from war and natural disasters. During the opening reception, there will be a silent art auction and raffle to raise money for Small Kindness. The money will be used for Syrian refugee children. I will also have a wall dedicated to Cat Stevens for his contribution to the film. His music makes the movie 100-percent perfect.”

(The Good Goat Gallery) 17012 Madison Ave., 440-799-0675, thegoodgoatgallery.com

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